Neil deGrasse Tyson is known for spreading scientific knowledge to the masses. He has also been very open to his feelings on popular films. Fans of Tyson know how he often discusses scientific flaws in science fiction films. Titanic is not a science fiction movie, but Tyson also had problems with a scene in the movie.
Most people criticize the films they watch. But Tyson is influential enough that he got James Cameron to change the scene Titanic when it was re-released to theaters. This is what Cameron changed – and Tyson’s feelings on a controversial scene from the movie.
The fallacy of ‘Titanic’ that Neil deGrasse Tyson noticed
Titanic is largely historically accurate. Some characters – especially those involved in the film’s central love triangle – are fictional. But most of the other characters in the movie are real people and the story remains true to the actual sinking of Titanic.
But Tyson noticed an error in the movie that many others may not. In one scene, Tyson noted that the stars did not resemble the constellation that would have been in the sky at that time. Tyson took the time to write a “snarky” email to Cameron about this error.
According to Cinema Blend, Cameron recalled that “Neil deGrasse Tyson sent a rather snarky e-mail saying that at that time of year, in that position in the Atlantic in 1912, when Rose lies on the driftwood and stares up at the stars, it’s not the star field she And with my reputation as a perfectionist, I should have known it and I should have put the right star field in. So I said ‘Okay, send me the right stars for the exact time and I’ll put it in the movie.’ “
Cameron remained true to his word. The scene changed too Titanic2012 is released again. The Washington Post noted that the change of stars in the night sky was the only major edit made to the film because it was relaunched. But Tyson still had another issue with the film.
Neil deGrasse Tyson weighs in on a controversial scene
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The most controversial scene in the film is the scene where Rose comes on a floating door. She uses it as a raft while Jack stays in the freezing water. Jack dies from the intense cold. Some fans think that Rose should have allowed Jack to come on the door. Others feel that the door couldn’t hold the weight of two adults.
According to The Huffington Post, Tyson falls into the former camp. “Whether he could have succeeded or not, I would have tried more than once. You try once.” Oh, this will not work. I just freeze to death in the water. “No, excuse me.”
Tyson can’t see Titanic like a perfect movie. But he got one of his critics of the movie that worked in the movie itself. Not many others can say that.
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